Two For The Price of One

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Karan.Ba­jaj@

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is one of the few bet­ting big on dual cam­era smart­phones. They al­ready have the Honor 8 with dual cam­eras in the pre­mium seg­ment and it’s now time for the in­ex­pen­sive Honor 6x. It is a mid-range phone but it’s the cheap­est smart­phone to­day with a dual cam­era setup, de­thron­ing the re­cently launched Cool­pad Cool 1 (launched in De­cem­ber 2016). The Honor 6x dual cam­era sys­tem in­cludes a 12MPpri­ma­ry­sen­so­rand2MPsec­ondary­sen­sor. The 2MP sen­sor is for depth sens­ing and only ac­ti­vates when you en­able the wide aper­ture mode. Once ac­ti­vated, you can tap on the area you want to fo­cus on and ad­just the sim­u­lated aper­ture be­tween f0.95 to f16. You can even ad­just the aper­ture and fo­cus area af­ter the im­age is cap­tured. In day­light, the Honor 6x will im­press you with you with its qual­ity in the stan­dard mode as well as wide aper­ture mode. In­doors, the im­ages ap­peared great on the phone, but on a larger screen we could see noise and lack of de­tails. Also, the Honor 6x lacks im­age sta­bi­liza­tion of any kind which would have been a wel­come ad­di­tion. Com­pared to the Cool­pad Cool 1, the aut­o­fo­cus speed is the same but the Honor 6x is faster when it comes to speed in the wide aper­ture mode. How­ever, while the Cool 1 is ca­pa­ble of record­ing 4k videos, the Honor 6x is lim­ited to full HD videos only. Over­all, if you are look­ing for a smart­phone that can give you a shal­low depth of field at a mid-range price, the Honor 6x should be amongst your top choices.

The de­sign of the Honor 6x is like other phones in this price range — a full glass front with a uni­body me­tal back. The Honor 6x feels good to hold thanks to the curved de­sign. The 5.5-inch full HD dis­play of­fers rich colours, wide view­ing an­gles and slim bezels. The dual cam­era setup is placed ver­ti­cally on the rear while the fin­ger­print scan­ner is un­der the cam­era mo­d­ule. A big ben­e­fit of the Honor 6x is that it feels much lighter com­pared to other phones in this price range.

Hard­ware spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude an octa core Kirin 655 pro­ces­sor, 3GB RAM, 32GB stor­age and a 3,340mAh bat­tery. Per­for­mance for nor­mal us­age like mul­ti­me­dia, so­cial net­work and call­ing is but­ter smooth. The phone had no is­sues run­ning games such as As­phalt 8 as long as you don’t have any­thing run­ning in the back­ground. As for the soft­ware bench­marks, the Kirin 655 is about par with the Snap­dragon 625. What im­pressed us more was the ex­cel­lent bat­tery life of the Honor 6x — a full charge eas­ily lasted a day and a half. How­ever, there is no proper fast charg­ing sup­port, so it takes a good 2 hours plus to charge the bat­tery from 10 to 100% us­ing the pro­vided charger. Honor 6x comes with EMUI 4.1 based on An­droid 6.0 — the in­ter­face is loaded with fea­tures and works great. All your apps and wid­gets are placed on mul­ti­ple home pan­els (there is no app drawer) and you can swipe down to bring up the search box. You also get a split screen fea-

The 6x dual cam­era in­cludes a 12MP pri­mary sen­sor and a sec­ond 2MP one for depth sens­ing

ture, dis­play cus­tomiza­tion, one hand mode, power sav­ing mode and an easy mode. A handy fea­ture that de­serves spe­cial men­tion is called WiFi bridge — you can use the phone as a WiFi ex­ten­der to boost your WiFi’s range when re­quired. Even the cam­era mode is loaded with mul­ti­ple shoot modes in­clud­ing a Pro mode for man­ual set­tings. The EMUI 5.0 up­date for an up­grade to An­droid 7.0 is ex­pected in Q2 2017.

Over­all, the Honor 6x will ap­peal to users who are look­ing for a fea­ture-rich phone with a good cam­era. A di­rect com­peti­tor to the Honor 6x is the Cool­pad Cool 1 (`13,999). The Cool­Pad (by LeEco) has 4GB RAM, 4k video record­ing and fast charg­ing sup­port via USB Type-C.

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